The Roost
The Roost (2005)

A group of young people are en route to a friend's wedding in the remote countryside of Pennsylvania when they hit something unseen, lose control of their car and become stranded. The foursome reluctantly wanders down the deserted road… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: October 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Land
Village Voice

The director makes the most of the tense slow stretches, with the camera occasionally drifting off in search of action while characters wait in dreadful silence.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The Roost is a minimalist horror movie with more ambition than resources.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

If this mediocre bore fest is the best West can offer, then I'm sure the rest of his career will be filled with mediocre quasi-horror...

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

The Roost's pacing is so leaden that you long for a pregnant pause, instead of interminable nothingness.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

The Roost, writer-director Ti West's homage to low-budget '70s horror movies, places a premium on tension while taking a fresh bite out of the old vampire-bat tale.

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Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...there's not much you haven't seen before; but the result is a first-rate run-through of horror tropes,

Janice Page
Boston Globe

West gets an enthusiastic round of applause for trusting his eye for stripped-down horror. Now he needs to complete the picture with writing that shows the same conviction.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

The Roost was made for about one-hundredth the cost of most Hollywood genre fare and has at least a thousand times the imagination.

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John Venable

The cinematic equivalent of really slow, beyond deliberate, wish-it-was-over-with-already kick to the groin. Would've been stellar as a short though...seriously!

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
Incredibly low-budget but surprisingly entertaining. I sought this little guy out because of my love for Ti West and it is interesting to see some of his… More
Ryan Marshall
*** out of **** Consider this before seeing Ti West's first film "The Roost"; these times are not good to the filmmakers without the necessary… More
Conner Rainwater
Quite possibly the ultimate amateur horror movie. While this has no stars, no budget and no elaborate story, the atmosphere created by Ti West is just amazing.… More
Jacob Palacio
A very orignal horror film with tons of scary scenes\moments. The blood\make up was done great, and the acting wasn't too bad either. A very good movie.
A.D. Villarreal
Great concept. Bad movie.
Christopher Brown
Great low budget horror. West tells the story at a deliberate pace, while still maintaining the fun, thrills and a certain air of mystery. With this and… More